Stick it up!
Today the key worker children made stick puppets and played with them in the sunshine!
This week Lower Foundation have been showing off their amazing writing skills by writing a fun fact about their favourite sea creature.
The children are forming the most beautiful letters and using their phonic knowledge to decode words they wish to write. Very impressive stuff!
Did you know turtles don’t have ears? Dolphins sleep with one eye open in case of predators and sharks have 5 rows of teeth!
Dear Parents and Carers,
The following message has been sent to all Early Years parents at the start of this week. I thought that they would be appropriate for children in all other years, so am forwarding for you to share with your children at home.
As there has been a greater media focus on race and equality in society, especially with the death of George Floyd, we will be discussing this topic with your children in school. Sometimes we don't realise how aware the children are of current news, so it is very important to discuss relevant news topics in our family and class discussions, to ensure concepts are clearly understood without misconceptions. Please refer to one of the accompanying documents, 'Parents Guide to Black Lives Matter' to help you in your discussions at home.
As always, it is best to centre your discussions round a story, so we have some lovely suggestions for great reading materials for 0-5 year olds here, along with the attached here and below:
At Oakfield, we are lucky to have such a multi-cultural and diverse range of families. We work very hard to celebrate our differences and uniqueness and cultivate a culture of mutual respect. This was evident in all our wonderful celebrations and contributions from parents to discuss and share children's cultures and backgrounds in our topics across all year groups. Please enjoy the 'We are all different' PowerPoint story.
The focus of our class discussions are to continue to recognise our differences and uniqueness and embrace and respect each other for bringing so many great perspectives to our learning. This extends beyond race, to those who have disabilities and have strived to make a difference in our world. Please use the 'We are all different - Inspirational People' PowerPoint to explore this.
Alongside this, we will discuss the slogan of 'Black Lives Matter' and what this means, as the children would surely have heard this in the media. I have collated a bank of reading resources to spark discussion at home and at school in a positive manner. There is a lovely series on CBeebies, which can be found on the link here:
BBC Bitesize also has a range of video clips to help in your discussions at home:
On Monday 22nd June, at 10:27am we celebrated National Windrush Day. I attach these resources for those children learning from home. Please follow the link to enjoy some wonderful resources that were used to celebrate this event and spark inspiration:
Finally, please click on the following link to listen to some children sharing their views in an episode of Newsround:
I hope you find these activities and resources useful, and that we all keep our ideas and conversations positive around these sensitive subjects, to continue to cultivate acceptance and equality in our world, and to recognise that all people are celebrated, respected and appreciated regardless of colour.
With kind regards,
Head of Early Years
Migration and ethnicity
Oscar’s auntie shared this great resource from Royal Museums Greenwich. Young volunteer filmmakers made films using the themes of identity, migration and ethnicity as a starting point, the volunteers explored the museum’s collection, interviewed local people and reflected on their own personal stories. Watch the films at the link below!
Ye Olde Job
In Year 3, the children have learnt about different job roles during the Roman times. They put them in order of which they deemed to be the most important to least important and then researched more of the history behind each position. There were lots of interesting questions, including what they would eat and wear! In pairs, children then placed the cards face down and played matching pairs, trying to match the picture with it's correct job role.
Next week they will write job adverts to try and encourage some new recruits!
Year 4 have been looking at the life of Malala Yousafzai, a young girl from Pakistan who fought for the equal rights of girls to have access to education. They were so inspired by her story that they created some wonderful posters to promote equal rights and to highlight the amazing work that Malala has done.
Lucas (4JM) also did some extra research at home and found out that Malala was the youngest person to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize!
This week Year 6 have been recording their radio play. They are enjoying being able to still take part in a socially distanced summer production and are working very hard. The final step will be to add in sound effects so we have been learning about the Foley technique and are excited to try and recreate some every day sound effects using different objects.
Have a great weekend!
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